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Serb parties in line for hard bargaining

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Serb parties in line for hard bargaining


It is an outcome hailed as a victory by the two main parties but it iss still too early to say who the real winners are. If pro-European parties are to keep control of the parliament they will have to agree a coalition deal among themselves.

Possible prime minister Bozidar Djelic said Kosovo would be high on the agenda: “Well we have been sending very strong signals that to our friends in the international community that it is not serious to try to attempt and solve such a delicate and complicated issue such as Kosovo and Metohija without a fully functioning new democratic government being in place in Belgrade. That would have unexpected negative consequences. First of all for the stability of the country, let alone that it might also play a role and make the negotiations to create the future government more complicated”.

Outgoing Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica is likely to play a key role in the formation of government. His party came third and has indicated it has not ruled out an alliance with either the Democrats or the Radicals. None of the Serbian parties have expressed a desire to negotiate on the independence of Kosovo from Serbia, but the West can expect no ground to be given should there by a government led by the Radicals. The Serb province is under UN control and the world body’s report on its future status is due out in days.

Far form relinquishing a part of their country the Radicals say they want to extend Serbia’s borders one day to embrace ethnic Serbs in Bosnia and Croatia. They would also refuse to arrest former Bosnian Serb leaders Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic who are wanted by the War Crimes Tribunal.

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